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(b London, 18 Sept. 1788; d London, 17 Feb. 1847). English painter. He was initially taught by Morland (of whom his father, a picture dealer, wrote a biography) and specialized in sentimental rustic landscapes and genre scenes that won him great popularity. As with Morland, his work became very repetitive. He was a lifelong friend of Wilkie, after whom he named his elder son, the novelist Wilkie Collins, who published a biography of his father in 1848.

Text Source: The Oxford Dictionary of Art and Artists (Oxford University Press)